Planet Rock Brings Rockstock 2016 to Trecco Bay

Planet Rock Brings Rockstock 2017 to Trecco Bay

Planet Rock Brings Rockstock 2016 to Trecco Bay

 

Planet Rock Brings Rockstock 2017 to Trecco BayRockstock 2016 officially starts on Friday 2nd December, but if you have a Planet Rock Golden Ticket then you have an extra injection of music with four bands getting Trecco Bay rocking on Thursday. The honour of starting the proceedings fell to local band Mojo Sinners, with a set that with its heavy drum beat allows the guitar of David Williams to swirl and rise. With a new E.P. out in January, we were treated to a preview with the track Jester.  They delivered a short set opening a weekend of rock that will roll.The next two act’s music remained as a weekend highlight as the last notes faded away on Sunday. French progressive rock with twists of Eastern promise  provided by Lazuli creating an atmospheric opening with an eclectic mix of instruments including a Chapman Stick and French Horn.  Quite different for a Rockstock weekend and definitely music that excites the inner progressive. The keyboard orchestration combined with Geddy Lee-like vocals made for a great 3-D sound. If you like Prog you will love Lazuli with a rush of emotions as the all too short set was very impressive. Definitely want to see the band with a longer set on a larger stage.  Next, in contrast, was a young blues-rock band making quite a name for themselves in the West Midlands and beyond, the Broken Witt Rebels. Hitting the ground running with their single Low which sounded great live they immediately engaged to crowd getting them to join in the rollercoaster ride that was to follow including title track Georgia Pine. What a voice!! Really goose-pimply raising the hairs on the back of your neck. There is a strong hint of Rival Sons about this band which is no mean thing. They had numerous technical problems on stage – but you wouldn’t have noticed such was their professionalism these are definitely going places. Can’t wait to see them supporting King King early 2017. Closing the night were Tax The Heat delivering a class act with a typically intense rocky set punctuated with great riffs and licks.  The crowd were now in the mood for rock that would keep them warm as they went out into the cold night air. They certainly raised the heat in bringing a very impressive first evening of music at Planet Rockstock to a close and certainly whetted the appetite for what was to follow in the coming three days.

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Last year Wyatt rode from London To Rockstock overnight raising £40,000 for CALM. If that journey sounded tough Wyatt set himself and epic ride this year.  Wyatt cycled nearly 1,100 miles across the UK in just under seven days! On Friday 25th November 2016, Wyatt set off on an incredible 1,100-mile journey across the UK, with the aim of raising £40,000 for CALM. He achieved the goal and in fact his ride motivated people and he raised over £70,000 for Campaign Against living Miserably CALM.

Now for the main event, this is the proverbial long-lasting delicious aural stick of rock.  On the outside vibrant red stickiness that is Planet Rock that come together to Trecco Bay, South Wales in December to play rock live to the Planet Rock family.  The Red layer are the DJ’s Wyatt, Paul Anthony, Darren Reddick and of course the Hairy Bikers. That is not all there is a huge dedicated hard-working team that deliver lights, sound, backstage support and at the heart of the team Jon Norman, Mr Rockstock himself. The sugary white layer are the family that congregate to spend the first weekend in December to sing Rockaoke, compete in the Quiz, partake or listen to the DIY Band and above all to hear live rock music and meet up with old friends, make new ones and have fun. The lettering that runs through are the thirty-three bands that will be delivering Southern Rock, Hard Rock, Classic Rock bands that are new and old favourites like every seaside event there is something for everyone.

Planet Rock Brings Rockstock 2017 to Trecco BayOpening tonight were Stone Broken and the first of the women to play the festival this year across both stages. Drummer Robyn Haycock flashed her winning smile and then drummed with her heart on her sleeve. The vocals have a rocking snarl as Rich Moss fronts a band with attitude, style and energy playing large stages higher up the running order will be the norm for a band that definitely isn’t broken. Friday night the heat of rock kept the icy chill from the outside world at bay. Then the opening night like the closing night provided a strong billing. On with the music, and A Thousand Horses, the first Southern Rock fuelled band of the festival. The music was faultless what a stunning festival set. Michael Hobby’s vocals were like honey drip, drip, dripping onto a vat of moonshine. The rock hardened as Phil Campbell’s Bastard Sons were back to entertain with Lemmy’s spirit, not for the last time to join us over the weekend. The Motörhead numbers certainly hit the spot with the crowd. Their rendition of Ace Of Spades delighted a crowd whose excitement was getting hotter with every rock chord played.   The rock unfurled more delicious music with the first and definitely not the last all woman band of the weekend as Girlschool entertained with a mix of numbers off their new album and classics from the past like Race With The Devil.The anticipation and excitement was now fever pitch as The Dead Daisies returned to Porthcawl once again tonight to headline with their hot-tempered brand of rock n’ roll.  With numbers from Revolucion and their current album Make Some Noise, noise was certainly made by the festival crowd. What an opening night the depth and breadth of rock on display for every taste. The highlight tonight was A Thousand Horses, first time I have heard them live and they really impressed.

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Early doors on Saturday for Stage 2 as Haxan brought the darker side of rock before Bad Touch provided the shades of their rock with rock n’ roll and southern rock. The afternoon was full of bands people will want to see on the main stage and culminated with Darren’s DIY Band. Early evening and The Colour of Noise a multi-talented rock band picked up the stick of rock and opened an evening where the rock was loud and varied. They were followed by Amorettes the girls were certainly rocking across the festival in 2016 with a hefty set of heavy rock. Opening with We Will Bring The House Down; they certainly did. As they say Keep it hot Keep it heavy. For me, the only stand out act tonight on the weakest evening of the weekend was Whiskey Myers. They delivered Southern Rock guitar warmed by the southern sun and roughened with the stinging moonshine. There is an infectious beat as country collides with hard rock via the Blues. Southern dialect fills out and warms the lyrical vocals.  The delta meets the open road of adventure with all the possibilities of a rock beat drums set the route and the guitars explore the by-ways of expectations. They took us to a party in the empty barn before harvest. The urgency was slowed with gentle riffs and the dance foot tapping beat. The fiddle was hot as a square dance was imagined. Now the audience were heating up. The title track of their new album Mud was given an airing as the fender was really strung on stage!  Taking us on southern tour Louisiana/Texas border riffs with glass slide slithering across the six strings as fishing in the bayou is explored. The percussion was infectious and the Cowbell rock tango was beguiling. Wow! The acts did not excite me but like any family what delights one member leaves another unmoved and Planet Rock knows how to weave together a rocking melody of styles.

Planet Rock Brings Rockstock 2017 to Trecco BayAll too soon it is the last day and like all good treats, the best have been saved for us so much rock music left to hear from 11am until midnight. Every band played with verve, delivering thrills and spine-tingling moments. It is those moments that make live music so special and festivals have an intensity as the music flows and sweetens the very air we breathe. Every player deserves a mention but space is limited. These are my highlights of the day and yes, yours will be different no one is wrong or right. What we enjoy is subjective it is the difference in our tastes that makes the Planet Rock family full of interesting conversations and the opportunity to find new bands and new sounds.

With two all-women bands Joan Ov Arc and Tequilla Mockinbyrd on stage two’s bill the rock was flamboyant and exciting Main Stage next year could be dominated by women who are stirring the rocky pool with music that rings with a clarity that excites. The closing act of the afternoon SIMO is a force field of guitar and vocals that thrills. This is a trio full of power and they unsurprisingly blew the roof off. JD Simo went for it with an energy that burns up the stage and audience as he delivered an opening couple tracks off the current album, Let Love Show The Way and then it merged into a jam with a whirling shapes of tones and textures. This is rock burning with Nashville fire simply mesmerising.

With a few minutes to draw breath before the baton is taken over by the Main Stage and the last mouthful of rock to enjoy and savour. Jackaman opened the evening; her vocals have a searing purity with a gritty edge. A lighter rock with the only saxophone of the festival as funky tones wove into the musical textures of Rockstock 2016.  They were followed by the Finnish Von Hertzen Brothers who entertained with prog rock with attitude. The interaction between lead/rhythm guitars upped the tempo. The set was eclectic full of interest, creating a great atmosphere that was continually building. Tonight without the keys, the band still managed to create the Von Hertzen sound. Next up were Inglorious. Stepping out on stage the journey this band has been on since playing their first live set at Rockstock 2015 has been amazing.  They played the rock from the self-titled album Inglorious as we wait for the follow-up album early next year.  What a difference a year makes Nathan was full of his usual confidence and vocals that can fill the largest auditorium. Nathan James has real charisma a front man that loves being centre of attraction. What has changed for the better is the interaction between the band, less standing on the monitors more playing of the guitars. The sound created was rocky and we all loved hearing Breakaway, High Flying Gypsy with its great bass/drum duo to close the number out. The Atmosphere was electric, excited we wanted more music. Following that the penultimate set of the weekend Ricky Warwick & The Fighting Hearts, fast British heavy rock. The lyrics were powerful as the rock cascaded from the stage. All too soon the finale, and what a final act for us tonight as we had the last bite out of the stick of Planet Rock. Black Stone Cherry took to the stage auditorium packed, hot and excited. Unfortunately, vocals were muffled for another headlining act was poor. But like British Lion the night before; Black Stone Cherry had their own sound engineers and had removed the infill speakers at the front of the stage to create more space. That said, the show they put on was electric and punctuated with favourites such as and Me and Mary Jane, Shakin’ My Cage from Kentucky album raising the excitement of the packed venue to fever pitch… BSC win more fans of their distinctive rock every time they play and tonight was no different as the mighty headliners bout the show to an end. Here’s to Rockstock 2017!

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Roadstars 2017 Broken Witt Rebels & Bad Touch Tour

Roadstars 2017 Broken Witt Rebels & Bad Touch Tour

Roadstars 2017 Broken Witt Rebels & Bad TouchRoadstars 2017 Broken Witt Rebels & Bad Touch Tour 

 

Broken Witt Rebels experienced success in 2016 with the release of their 5-track EP featuring the singles “Low” and “Guns” which received airplay on Planet Rock and XS Manchester, while “Low” was Track of the Week on Radio X.

On October 27th, they won “Best Rock Act” at the first annual Unsigned Music Awardsheld at The Troxy in London, and closed the Awards by performing “Guns”.  BWR were also nominated for “Best Live Act”.

The title of BWR EP Georgia Pine comes from an old stoner reference “As high as a Georgia Pine. For BWR, the metaphor is more about their ascension to the top. It’s clear they haven’t come to make up the numbers.

With the title track Georgia Pine as their most recent single, the Rebels show their softer side, with Danny Core’s trademark howl melts hearts with the impassioned lyrics “You’re always there for me.”

BWR have amassed over 1 million video plays and “Guns” became the 9th most shared and play-listed track on Spotify in the UK during July.  With a major label deal around the corner, the future’s looking bright.

 

Broken Witt Rebels are a band not to missed and with Bad Touch as will this is a double live delight

 

Roadstars 2017 Broken Witt Rebels & Bad Touch Tour

 

Bad Touch has dovetailed  the album release, and UK co-headline tour on November 19th with the Australian rock band Massive.

The new album, which was recorded at Mwnci Studios in Wales, features the singles“99%” and “Made To Break”, both *remixed for radio by the legendary Rolling Stones engineer and co-producer, Chris Kimsey.  Both singles will be accompanied by official music videos.

“99% is a great song to ride around in cars and drink beer and smoke pot and listen to rock and roll on the radio,” says Chris Kimsey. “Not that I drink beer or smoke pot , but I remember the simplicity of music and life so it’s good to hear it is alive and kicking with Bad Touch. I heard something that evoked a good time melodic love song. It just needed some re-arranging and mixing to get to the heart of the song.”

The new album, Truth Be Told sees Bad Touch celebrating classic rock with Southern boogie influences, supported with heavy guitar riffs and an iron-clad, tight rhythm section, in the great tradition of Black Crowes, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zeppelin.

Roadstars 2017 Broken Witt Rebels & Bad Touch TourThe Gig Cartel & Planet Rock Radio presents
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BROKEN WITT REBELS & BAD TOUCH
MARCH / APRIL 2017 UK TOUR

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Thurs 16th March 2017: Leeds, Brudenell
Fri 17th March 2017: Newcastle, Cluny
Sat 18th March 2017: Glasgow, O2 ABC
Wed 22nd March 2017: Norwich, Waterfront
Thurs 23rd March 2017: Sheffield, Greystones
Fri 24th March 2017: Manchester, Ruby Lounge
Sat 25th March 2017: Nottingham, Bodega
Thurs 30th March 2017: Bristol, Tunnels
Fri 31st March 2017: Brighton, Haunt
Sat 1st April 2017: Southampton, Talking Heads
Sun 2nd April 2017: Cardiff, The Globe
Fri 7th April 2017: Birmingham, O2 Academy
Sat 8th April 2017: London, The Borderline

Wyatt Rides The Long Way to Rockstock 2016

Ride to Rockstock 2016 raising money for Campaign  Against Living Miserably (CALM)

Wyatt Rides The Long Way to Rockstock 2016

Wyatt is going to be cycling nearly 1,100 miles across the UK in just under seven days! Yes, we’re sure he’s not joking.

On Friday 25th November 2016, Wyatt will be setting off on an incredible near 1,100 mile journey across the UK ending at Planet Rockstock in Porthcawl, South Wales with the aim of raising £40,000 for CALM.

Leaving from our Central London studio at around 3.30pm after his show, Wyatt will cycle to the likes of Nottingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Birmingham and finally arriving in Porthcawl in time for Day 1 of Rockstock just under a week later!

Check out the full background story HERE

Sponsor Wyatt HERE

You can even track Wyatt’s progress over at Planet Rock and even download the App to your phone and track every mile Wyatt is riding to Porthcawl. Wyatt Rides The Long Way  to Rockstock 2016 every pound counts.

Road to Rockstock “Tour Dates”

As Wyatt passes through each of the cities – he’ll be visiting famous rock landmarks and venues all submitted by you, the listeners. If you’d like to say “Hi” along the way or give Wyatt a cheer as he passes through, you can see all parts of his route below. Plus if you fancy joining him and the team for a pint, the times and locations of the hotels are included.

You can check each part of his journey by clicking on the links below HERE

Roadstars Hit Cardiff SIMO Keylock and Federal Charm

Roadstars Hit Cardiff SIMO Keylock and Federal Charm

Roadstars Hit Cardiff
SIMO Keylock and Federal Charm

The Globe, Cardiff, cold damp November night is just about to get hot with blues-rock guitar shredding that will ignite the audience.  Why? On the third night of  The  Planet Rock ‘Roadstars’  sixteen-night tour  has arrived in the Capital city. The Roadstars are young guns that are  causing heads to turn wherever they play  with youthful verve and enthusiasm. Who are the Roadstars? They are two British bands Aaron Keylock and Federal Charm and from Nashville, U.S.A. SIMO. Tonight we are definitely going to hear a lot of guitars that have strings that will be fast, furious and loud with a long streamer connecting the six-strings to the Blues. This is a trio of bands who are taking turns on who will headline, and tonight it will be SIMO.

Roadstars Hit Cardiff SIMO Keylock and Federal CharmThe evening kicked off by being exported  back to the roots of the blues with field hollers loud and atmospheric from the PA system. Tonight, Aaron Keylock was opening the show. This young band with the much talked about guitarist who has played many gigs and festivals that for a teenager is amazing the rhetoric about his skills is stratospheric so my expectations were very high. As for a variety of reasons, Bluesdoodles has not caught up with Aaron playing live.  Completing the power trio drummer Sonny Greaves and bassist Jordan Maycock. I was expecting fireworks as the blues influences combine with the rock as sabbath collides with Winter. One thing for sure the guitar was loud drowning out the vocals so I never heard a word Aaron sang even on his closing number the title track, Against The Grain,  from his anticipated debut album due out January 2017 on Mascot.

Roadstars Hit Cardiff SIMO Keylock and Federal CharmThe set was loud, raw Aaron, for me did not live up to the press I have read and comments from others who have seen him live. With power you need control and the blues is about feel and tonight these were not evident. The set was more rock than blues, enthusiasm over style. Aaron changed guitar but textures and tone stayed the same loud and raw. He is like moonshine straight from the still, we need to have some of the oaky smokiness, smoothness of flavour from maturing that a good sipping whisky has. Aaron, has the potential, he can play the guitar and interaction between the three friends on stage is honest. Opening with a shorter set perhaps didn’t allow for a set that shows the varied side of this young man with so much potential.  The slide guide was good and the lead breaks solid but there was no flashing and sparks to really light up the evening.

raodstars-federal-charm-wm-2278Short break and Federal Charm hit the stage with a customary energy and smiles as they said we are glad to be back in Cardiff. With full on Mancunian charm they hit the ground running. They too chose to close with Silhouette, the single from the much-praised album Crossing The Divide. Federal Charm produced as strong set the brand of blues rock is delivered better everytime we see them play live.  The two guitars, of Paul Bowe and Nick Bowden sometimes in competition but always in harmony. Completing this tech quartet are bassist LD Morawski and drummer Danny Rigg who do so much more than provide a solid platform they bring tonal shape and control for raodstars-federal-charm-wm-2269the frontman allowing Nicks vocals to roll and bounce off the music. Federal Charm’s set was full of attitude and at times an arrogant swagger giving the music a hardened edge softened by the blues. The set warmed the venue lifting the audience as they got them closer to the stage singing along and dancing. Nick engaged with the audience who were delighted to have the boys back in town even if for a brief set tonight. The music was played with authority as the rock grooves were as solid as granite with a sparkling strata of blues as the harp was given an airing and the licks and riffs had the shape and feel that is the perfect recipe for a blues-rock band.

Now for the main act SIMO a trio fusing music from every genre into a fluid psychedelic whirlpool that lit up the stage. Keeping up with virtuoso guitarist JD Simo are bassist Elad Shapiro and Adam Abrashoff on drums, they provide rhythms that explode allowing JD to fly with sparkling effervescent guitar fireworks.

raodstars-simo-wm-2300The music flowed, no set list this was a hothouse jam full of control, innovation and excitement as slide,  met finger picking and the playing of the fret board with both hands was mesmerising. Defining SIMO is like trying to capture mercury in you fingers, you just think one band and the music changes and it is totally different as jazz collides with Hendrix and the Allmans are threaded into the mix. The sound is a musical tapestry of every hue and colour, The vocals powered through it was a perfect aural picture. You see and hear musician and guitar, musicians who excel JD and his band are merged into one being and the connection is complete,  seamless as he astounds with rock n roll that has you listening with delight.  Into this maelstrom,  I heard hints of Tom Principato, Stevie Ray Vaughan stretching the blues colouring the tones with funk and world music. The set had everything, fast and furious, complex, simple and slower numbers this was a jam that was very, very tasty indeed.

The set was everything they promised on the album Let Love Show The Way; and the audience agreed with gasps of wow, utterly brilliant never heard seen anything like this they are stunning.  closing the set that was like a river at times still, raodstars-simo-wm-2407then a raging torrent then a gentler flow with the only cover of the set their unique interpretation of With A Little Help From My Friends. SIMO certainly made new friends tonight who will be spreading the message to their friends as they tell them what a night they have missed.

With three nights gone, there is still plenty of opportunities to hear these Roadstars live and make your own mind up.

Tour details  HERE

 

Roadstars Hit Cardiff SIMO Keylock and Federal Charm

 

 

JD Simo Talking about Touring Albums Vinyl and more

JD Simo Talking about Touring Albums Vinyl and more
Photo Credit Charles Daughtry

JD Simo Talking about Touring Albums Vinyl and more

Bluesdoodles was delighted to have a chat with JD Simo once again, In February shortly after we reviewed the stunning album Let Love Show The Way read what we talked about then HERE.  Today we talk about vinyl the up and coming Roadstars tour throughout the UK,

BD: Hi JD. Good to have the opportunity to chat with you as you are about to hit Europe, we chatted about the album, influences and dream band.

JD Simo:  Thank you, remember talking to you earlier in the year not sure where I was now having couple days back home before heading on over to Europe.

BD: Now your surname and band name are creating lots of discussions about how it should be pronounced  so let’s start off the pronunciation of the name SIMO

JD Simo:  Well, it has to be good being talked about. The correct on is sI MoH where the I is dominant we answer to anything,  eventually as we become better known and more people see us live everyone will know  but until that day  all is good (laughing).

BD: Your current album Let Love Show The Way, Please the latest single is getting plenty of airplay. Tell our readers about deciding the tracks, writing the songs and opening with an Elmore James classic Stranger’s Blues.

JD Simo: While we were sequencing the record that track we all liked how it slowly builds up, it is not an abrupt beginning. Lots of bands start with an initial brash aggressive number but this for us was a nice way to start the record. More to do with the sound rather than the fact it was a cover or that particular song we didn’t want something abrupt as it were. As a group we put some thought into the order and which tracks to include we do this process as a collective talking about what assembly of tracks works, at the end we believed this sequence worked. Reality, nothing too exciting just a process we went through we do all the creative side and Mascot as the record label have very little involvement in what we produce. They leave us to do on creative end yes there is some correspondence but what you hear is the product of the band, it is SIMO.

BD: Like many you have released your latest album on vinyl, is this a niche or rising in appeal and will be expected by people as they continue to buy vinyl or is it a trend that will fade away?

JD Simo: I know that here in America vinyl is not a niche thing it is a pretty big thing with people especially my age group. Not sure what is happening in Europe & U.K. , sure we will find out when we are back touring over there very soon. Vinyl has become a big part of my generation who are true music fans not those who follow mainstream. It is how they buy their music whether new or old recordings. I grew up with vinyl it then went away in the nineties and then came back again. Let Love Show The Way, vinyl sales have been huge I have lost count the number of re-pressing of the album since its release. I do know we have sold more vinyl than other acts on Mascot record label and there have been occasions when we have sold out and the label has had to have them rushed to us on the road, Vinyl is the number one merch in terms of volume at our shows.  The reality is it depends on your preference. I collect vinyl and have a portable record player set up where ever I go definitely in the dressing room. Every town I visit I find local record stores it is integral part of my life releases in that format very important to me. Luckily the tide has turned I think vinyl is here to stay a while.

BD: Are there plans to record a follow-up album and how do you find time with your busy touring schedule to even think about let alone write new songs?

JD Simo: We have started work on next record actually started several months ago. We are doing the album in little phases. This is a different approach from previously and will be a different type of album putting it together over long period of time. We are about a quarter way through the process. When get back home before Christmas we will finish all the pre-production stuff. We have a space in the calendar January through February to finish the album. It is not difficult to find time to write as it happens, I write when the thought, idea hits me. That can be on a plane, in the van, dressing room or walking down the street.  This year SIMO have played well over 200 shows so finding the time for three of us to actually work out the material is problematic. As a group we need time to work out how each song is to be played, arranged, this takes time it can even take up a whole day. We have tried using the time in sound checks to try our new material and ideas, when we do this we are all open with each other. Contributing what we like don’t like, free to have heated discussions the trouble is at sound checks there are people around strangers, it just didn’t work  as the presence of people not involved in the process made us self-conscious, inhibiting the process. So finding the time for the three of us to set time aside has been difficult but we have found spaces sometimes a couple of days or longer break say ten days. Sometimes though you have a real break not have the pressure to work so we take couple days off then it is back the three of us working on the new material. We discuss together how to flesh out songs so that they are ready to be sent as a demo for our producers to review. At the end of the day I just love making music.

BD: SIMO have been around for five years? Let’s hear about the band how Adam Abrashoff and Elad Shapiro work around your attention grabbing guitar playing and vocals?

JD Simo:  Laughing, It may be one to ask Adam & Elad.  For me it works because it is very much that I have one vote of three, it makes perfect sense to use. The outcome of how it works if your readers come and see us play live it makes more sense then… (Bluesdoodles – you are in luck they are touring UK & Europe October – December – check out dates here) Plus  we all have role on and off stage, my responsibility may be a little bit more prominent interviews like this one,  singing but the three of us are all very equal in all the decision making like what playing that night… Very democratic, that can be difficult I can get frustrated as much as they can perhaps it is easier if the leader dictates and  rest band follows but that is not my way. We all have strong personalities, we fight and argue, we are like brothers we make up quickly and do not take it personally. We are like a dysfunctional family – all three guns a blazing all the time and most of the time there is a healthy balance. In end better way to be invested in common goal inevitably better that both the guys have a democratic input.

Silhouette Federal Charms Single Gets Airplay

 BD: As you mentioned when we talked earlier in the year, Simo is back touring Europe including extensive UK Tour with extended Planet Rock Tour – Roadstars tour with Federal Charm and Aaron Keylock. By the end of the tour and festival set at the sold-out Planet Rockstock SIMO will no longer be a stranger to blues lovers across the UK. With the promises of three exciting acts what plans have you got to get attention with your style of the blues.

JD Simo: Not met guys in Federal Charm yet, though we did meet Aaron very briefly at Ramblin’ Man Fair. Looking forward to our tour of U.K. So far we have only done random one-off gigs in UK; a couple shows in the North and press show and support in London then in the Summer some festivals. Now we have the opportunity to play at 16 venues and a spot at Planet Rockstock. We will actually get time to see your country and visit all corners of the U.K. The plan is to share the ninety-minute slot so some nights that will be Federal Charm and other night Aaron Keylock, on these occasions we will play a shorter set.  Every night we always play different songs so for people who come to multiple nights will see different shows from us. This is going to be a real opportunity to get to know the U.K. and meet a lot of fans, many will be seeing us for the first time.

 

BD: Normally I ask for your band but did that last time so this time I am interested in albums that have influenced/ delighted you as a musician. And the favourite at the moment?

Time was running short JD Simo is in demand we all want to talk about a band that brings excitement to the blues so his answer was an unequivocal –  Alabama Shakes Sound and Colour their latest album is my favourite hands down I just can’t get enough of the album.

So lets give them a huge British welcome and go see the band on tour with Federal Charm & Aaron Keylock.

Tickets will then go on sale to the general public on Friday 17th June via www.thegigcartel.com or from the 24 hour box office: 0844 478 0898.

ROADSTARS Touring November Breaking Rules

SOUTHAMPTON, TALKING HEADS – WEDNESDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2016
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BRIGHTON, HAUNT – THURSDAY 17th NOVEMBER 2016
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CARDIFF, GLOBE – FRIDAY 18th NOVEMBER 2016
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LEEK, FOXLOWE ARTS – SATURDAY 19th NOVEMBER 2016
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NOTTINGHAM, BODEGA – 21st NOVEMBER 2016
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WOLVERHAMPTON, ROBIN 2 – TUESDAY 22nd NOVEMBER 2016
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BRISTOL, TUNNELS – WEDNESDAY 23rd NOVEMBER 2016
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YORK, FIBBERS – FRIDAY 25th NOVEMBER 2016
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CREWE, BOX – SATURDAY 26th NOVEMBER 2016
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NORWICH, WATERFRONT STUDIO – SUNDAY 27th NOVEMBER 2016
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SHEFFIELD, GREYSTONES – MONDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2016
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Venue Box Office: 0114 266 5599 Venue email greystones@thornbridge.co.uk

NEWCASTLE, CLUNYWEDNESDAY 30th NOVEMBER 2016
Ticket Price: £14 / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898
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Venue Box Office: 0191 230 4474 Venue Email: cluny@theheadofsteam.co.uk

GLASGOW, ABC2THURDAY 1st DECEMBER 2016
Ticket Price: £14 / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 477 2000
Additional Box Office: 0844 478 0898
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EDINBURGH, MASH HOUSE – FRIDAY 2nd DECEMBER 2016
Ticket Price: £14 / Box Office: 0131 220 2514
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MANCHESTER, DEAF INSTITUTE – SATURDAY 3rd DECEMBER 2016
Tickets Price: £14 / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898
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Venue Tel: 0161 276 9350 Email: DIMANAGERS@TROF.CO.UK

LONDON, O2 ACADEMY ISLINGTON – WEDNESDAY 7th DECEMBER 2016
Ticket Price: £15 / 24 Hour Box Office: 0844 478 0898, 0844 477 2000
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Silhouette Federal Charms Single Gets Airplay

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Federal Charm stream new single “Silhouette” . The song features on their Across The Divide album, which launched last year via Wire Sound

Bluesdoodles chatted with Paul Bowe on 7th October the day Silhouette was released this is what he had to say —-BD: Do you have a favourite/ special track on the album? And why?
PB: My favourite has always and remains Silhouette. I love playing it live it gets to me more than anything else we play. The vocal production shapes the meaning of the words. The chorus works so well, every time I hear it or play Silhouette it gives me goose bumps. When I play the song live I hear what we were trying to achieve in the studio and look forward to playing it every night.

BD: This brings us neatly onto the single, Silhouette being released on 7th October what are your hopes for the single?
PB: I am obviously delighted that Silhouette is being released as a single showcasing Across The Divide and our music. What an opportunity with air play on Planet Rock and a video that is being made this Saturday exciting times.

Read the rest of the interview HERE

Listen to the single below. The band have issued the track to mark their upcoming UK tour with SIMO and Aaron Keylock, which is due to get underway at The Talking Heads in Southampton on November 16.

Silhouette is a track where Nicks vocals are full of power and have a forsaken quality as our two guitars lick up the blues with some gritty overtones. Read across The Dived Album Review HERE

For Tour Details checkout dates and Venues HERE

Silhouette Federal Charms Single Gets Airplay

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album

 

 

 

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album. We have waited, was it worth the wait… Yes, It was and we can shout across the land at last we can have on tap that Live magic that is King King.

Live, has captured everything a King King gig has to offer. We have the Alan Nimmo wit and the crowd’s warm heartfelt appreciation with ovations and cheers and then the silence of a mass of people listening intently. Recorded on the 14th May 2016 at Glasgow O2 ABC, in front of a home crowd with that added energy of a homecoming for Alan.

King King always exhilarates, they are a unit of musicians who build on each other’s emotional energy making as Aristotle said “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts!”

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Opening the twelve track album with Lose Control, which is a certainty with King King’s music; this is a jump up and down number that will raise the temperature at any venue. Glasgow is on fine form as Alan thanks the audience before launching into a Fabulous Thunderbirds number that is always sublime when it receives the King King treatment Wait On Time is no different tonight. The guitar from Alan weeps and pulls at the rock n roll vibe that Wayne picks up with a clash of the cymbal as the guitar beguiles you and pulls you in to a Nimmo musical hug.

 

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
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The opening keys from Bob need no introduction with Long History of

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
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Love. Alan, sings  “…all I have to do is close my eyes….” and instantly I am transported to the front of the crowded venue and see the kilt, Bob’s smile behind the keys, Lindsey’s cheeky grin and Wayne behind the drums with stick raised with a purpose you can actually  smell and feel the atmosphere that is a King King live show.

 

Every track is a winner there are no favourites they all send that ecstatic musical shiver down the spine but as ever You Stopped The Rain dedicated to his brother Stevie and Frankie Millers, Jealousy raises hairs on my arms and I hold by breath so that every nuance of the numbers are not missed. Heavenly!

 

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live Album
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The tempo ebbs and flows  and as ever King King send you a little bit Crazy, as they pull out all the stops  to entertain with top-notch music.  Closing with Let Love In, once again we have entered their world they thank us for coming we thank them once again for keeping music fun and live.  The set list takes on a stroll from their current award-winning studio album Reaching For The Light, dipping into the back catalogue of both Standing In the Shadows and Take My Hand.

 

If you have been to a King King gig this is the whole event boxed and tied in tartan ribbon for you to enjoy again and again as we wait for the next tour to begin.  For a  glorious eighty-four minutes reality is suspended and you are transported into the land of rock-blues wow! Land with King King Live!

King King –  Live – Manhaton Records – Released Friday 21st October 2016

Bluesdoodles gives this CD TEN pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Feeling Exhilarated at last a King King Live AlbumA Deluxe Edition 3-disc set, that will soon be available for pre-order, includes two CDs that captures the live energy of King King’s sold-out hometown concert at O2 ABC in Glasgow on 14th May 2016, plus a bonus DVD film of the band performing to a sold-out crowd at the Holmfirth Picturedrome on 13th April 2016.

Says King King’s lead singer and guitarist, Alan Nimmo, “We are excited about ‘King King Live’ because it’s the first time we’ve ever released a live album.  It’s a great testament to how our audiences drive us on to perform to the best of our abilities. The audience reaction to the live performances is amazing.  This release couldn’t have been possible without them.”

Live Album Track List 

CD 1                                                        CD2

Lose Control                                         You Stopped The Rain
Wait On Time                                       Jealousy
Waking Up                                            Crazy
Rush Hour                                            All Your Life
A Long History Of Love                       Stranger To Love
More Than I Can Take                         Let Love In

 

Live DVD Track List

Lose Control
Waking Up
Rush Hour
A Long History Of Love
More Than I Can Take
You Stopped The Rain
Jealousy
Crazy
All Your Life
Stranger to Love
Old Love
Let Love In

 

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Aaron Keylock New Single and On Tour

Aaron Keylock New Single and On Tour

Teenage guitar sensation Aaron Keylock will release his highly anticipated debut single Against The Grain on 6th October.

Aaron Keylock New Single and On TourWhile listening to Against The Grain check out Aaron’s tour dates below he is visiting a town near you with Wilco Johnson, Joanne Shaw Taylor and the Planet Rock Roadstars throughout October, November and December.

Before releasing an official single he has already been highly touted as one of the UKs hottest acts to watch out for; Kerrang! declared him the “New Solo Superstar” in the 2015 Fresh Blood List (Alongside PVRIS, Slaves, SHVPES, Qween Kwong & Knucklepuck); at Bloodstock 2014 Metal Hammer wrote “It’s ludicrous that someone as talented as Aaron Keylock is a mere 16 years old but if anyone can shred like Gary Moore, this young buck can.” Total Guitar called him one of 2016s ‘Ones to Watch’ after seeing him at Dot to Dot saying “TG caught his set and we walked away with our brain thoroughly melted” and Classic Rock included him in the Sounds of and Class of 2015 and have called him “blistering” and a “precocious talent”.

Already a road warrior, he has been gigging heavily since the age of 11, playing over 200 shows including the Jazz Café, Alexandra Palace, Shepherds Bush Empire. He has supported Blackberry Smoke, The Answer, The Graveltones, The Cadillac Three and he has played over 50 Harley Davidson Rallies – motorbikes would fill the room with smoke as they drove around him on the stage. Other memorable shows include; aged 14 being bundled out of a Camden venue as the London riots raged up and down the street, heavy metallers head-banging to Against The Grain at Bloodstock in 2014, playing to a full tent at Download in 2015, he blew the stage away at Dot to Dot Festival the same year and following a show in Manchester with Blackberry Smoke, he bedded down in a workshop surrounded by motorbikes, snakes, rifles and a python.

Aaron Keylock – Cut Against The Grain  – Mascot Label Group

Release Date:  20th January 2016

 

aaron-keylock-albumTrack List: 

All The Right Moves
Down
Medicine Man
Falling Again
Just One Question
Against The Grain
That’s Not Me
Try
Spin The Bottle
Sun’s Gonna Shine
No Matter What The Cost

 

You will be able to pick up the limited 7” vinyl single when Aaron Keylock is on tour from October to December with Wilko Johnson, Joanne Shaw Taylor and for the Planet Rock Roadstars tour with SIMO and Federal Charm.

AARON KEYLOCK UK TOUR DATES

On Tour With Wilko Johnson

Thu 6th Oct Warrington, Parr Hall
Fri 7th Oct Sheffield, City Hall
Sat 8th Oct Edinburgh, The Queens Hall
Thu 13th Oct Salisbury, City Hall
Fri 14th Oct Cambridge, Corn Exchange
Sat 15th Oct Birmingham, Town Hall

On Tour With Joanne Shaw Taylor

Sun 16th Oct Bristol, The Fleece
Mon 17th Oct Worcester, Huntingdon Hall
Thu 20th Oct Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
Fri 21st Oct Chester, Live Rooms
Sat 22nd Oct Southport, The Atkinson
Sun 23rd Oct Shrewsbury, Theatre Severn
Wed 26th Oct Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
Thu 27th Oct Stockton-On-Tees, ARC
Fri 28th Oct Dunfermline, Carnegie Hall
Sat 29th Oct Aberdeen, The Lemon Tree
Mon 31st Oct Bury, The Met
Wed 2nd Nov Southampton, The Brook
Thu 3rd Nov Brighton, Komedia
Fri 4th Nov Harpenden, Public Halls
Sat 5th Nov Bury St Edmunds, The Apex

On Tour With (Planet Rock Roadstars Tour with SIMO & Federal Charm)

Wed 16th Nov Southampton, Talking Heads
Thu 17th Nov Brighton, The Haunt
Fri 18th Nov Cardiff, The Globe
Sat 19th Nov Leek, Foxlowe Arts Centre
Mon 21st Nov Nottingham, The Bodega Social Club
Tue 22nd Nov Wolverhampton, The Robin 2
Wed 23rd Nov Bristol, The Tunnels
Fri 25th Nov York, Fibbers
Sat 26 Nov Crewe, The Box
Sun 27th Nov Norwich, Waterfront
Mon 28th Nov Sheffield, The Greystones
Wed 30th Nov Newcastle, The Cluny
Thu 1st Dec Glasgow, O2 ABC
Fri 2nd Dec Edinburgh, The Mash House
Sat 3rd Dec Manchester, The Deaf Institute
Wed 7th Dec London, O2 Academy Islington

Competition Planet Rock The Dead Daisies Leads To Boston

Competition Planet Rock The Dead Daisies Leads To Boston

Competition Planet Rock The Dead Daisies Leads To Boston

Competition Time

Friday, 12th August started like any other day – took my Labradoodle, Othello for a walk then some doodling on my blog. Into the mix add some chores including changing the bed. What has that got to do with The Dead Daisies, Boston and entering a Planet Rock Radio Competition? Today it has everything to do with the events over the next few weeks!
Have you ever battled with a king sized duvet cover and the duvet, they just do not want to co-operate; on the third failed attempt I was angry! When Wyatt on Planet Rock said what have you got to lose, enter and you could be off to Boston to see The Dead Daisies, what have you got to lose. I shouted at the radio ‘Why should I win? Can’t even do simple chores’. The cover and duvet were united and I carried on once again forgetting to send the text.
The as it turned out luckily, I remembered so punched in the numbers typed ROCK and send. Friday night supper with Grandson, his girlfriend and my husband, Kevin I was telling them I had entered and that is why the mobile was on the table. Despite the no mobile on the table rule that once someone else had one it would be put away. Ian Danter was saying he was going to make someone’s Friday! With that my ‘phone rang, an unknown number. I answered and guess what it was not a random unwanted sales call. Yes! It was Ian Danter, we had a quick chat and then after a short while I was excitedly on air my heart was racing the excitement was bubbling up this was epic! The question floating was who was I going to take on a weekend full of music and excitement. Not my husband Kevin as unfortunately his passport had expired and for various reasons that made sense at the time. In fact there was no thinking we both said at the same time it has to be Morag, a friend who is a massive The Dead Daisies fan. With a quick text, and a quicker response Morag and I were off to Boston. With travel, gig in Worcester on 3rd September as guest of The Dead Daisies to see them support KISS!

Competition Planet Rock The Dead Daisies Leads To BostonDay 1 – The Trip: Travelling to Boston 1st – 2nd September

First step on the adventure travelling up the night before. Morag, drove us from South Wales to a Heathrow Hotel. We were so excited with an early start the next day getting through security and then the wait made shorter with the array of shops at Heathrow for the 9.40 Delta Airlines flight. We arrived lunchtime, the sun was shining our smiles were a mile wide. Daisy Hat had done a photo documentary of the trip, at the airport on the plan which we posted on social media.
Morag and myself were so excited it was so surreal, we just couldn’t quite believe it was happening. Winning competitions always happens to someone else. First we conquered security and the boring bits of air travel. Quick look at the shops, breakfast and then it was boarding time for our Delta flight to USA. We had passed the time by tagging Morag’s hat #DaisyHat and shared random photo’s on social media. We found a guitar, piano and other objects to keep the hat centre of attention.

 

The flight went smoothly and when we landed in Logan Airport our excitement was rising even higher. Our smiles were getting wider it was real as we stepped into Boston sunshine to step into a Black Chevrolet and driven from Logan Airport to Copley Square Hotel our base for the next few days. We found the experience already mind-blowing we kept using phrases this is amazing, surreal. The room was lovely the hotel swish. With a quick freshen up we Competition Planet Rock The Dead Daisies Leads To Bostonwent for a stroll in the Boston sunshine around Boston Common and Public Garden. We were enjoying every second we were going to have so much fun a weekend in Boston with the main attraction The Dead Daisies. We met some of the band that evening as they were staying at the hotel as well.

Strolling back to the hotel we realized that this was real we just turned and hugged and laughed. We met Marco Mendoza in the bar he was so friendly and excited for us, he had met Morag before when they followed the band for a week in the U.K. during the summer. We chatted to Doug Aldrich as David the tour manager introduced us. Once again it was surreal this was so much more than the stated prize the band were staying at the same hotel and tomorrow we were going to the gig on the tour bus.

Tired from the long day we stayed in the bar and were definitely extravagant with a Rock n’ Roll lifestyle decision to have champagne with our supper. It was delicious, a perfect end to the day accompanied by Lobster rolls for me and Steak Taco’s for Morag. Then to bed we had been up for 24 hours and tomorrow was the main event and the excitement bubbled like a fountain where the splashes glistened like jewels in the sunshine.

Day 2 – The Trip: GIG DAY!!!! Saturday 3rd September

Before setting off to Worcester at 3pm we went shopping. There are fantastic shops and the price tags are expensive. It was fun wandering through the Mall exploring Saks 5th Avenue. Needless, to say we left empty-handed, we strolled and window shopped as the excitement was mounting. I am positive people were intrigued by two smiling Brits.

We were in the lobby in plenty of time with cameras ready for a trip that definitely was 10 on the Richter scale of excitement and eyes wide open moments of sheer pleasure. The Band were gathering this was just another day for them, life on the road when touring another day another city, venue and stage. The black sleek tour bus pulled up outside the hotel and we stepped into a different world we were travelling with The Dead Daisies. This was never mentioned in the prize, or the many emails arranging the itinerary, it was beyond my wildest expectations. We sat in the seating area at the rear of the bus with Doug to our left playing his guitar and Marco and his daughter. We chatted about real life, school, children, houses, gardening. It was so totally surreal, the most over used word of the trip! The trip from Boston to Worcester took a magical fifty minutes as we sped along to highway to backstage at the DCU Centre in Worcester.

We were given our access all areas passes and started the walk to the Dead Daisies changing area, this was real it was our insight into the backstage world in the hours before a gig. With Oliver the Daisies photographer we explored the empty front of house it was huge and the Ice Hockey stadium had been transformed. The Dead Daisies Drum Kit was being prepared as the technicians built the stage area for the opening set. Tichy’s cymbals were polished to a glistening shine. The guitar tech Hayden was re-stringing the guitars. Everywhere there were people you never normally see under pressure to get tasks completed as lighting was checked it was a hive of activity. This is the magic that turns a stage into an entertainment zone. Lights, Sound now we needed the music and with that The Dead Daisies stepped on stage for the sound check. As they moved around the stage playing snippets of tunes the sound was tweaked, ear monitors at the correct level. Then the stage was empty again and we re-joined the band backstage. We had photos taken and we went outside the DCU centre for more photos we were for a few hours experiencing life on the road with a band.

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It was an amazing once in a lifetime experience, and we were enjoying every second. We ate in the cafeteria, and joined the band as they prepared for tonight’s show. They gave us their time, we chatted and felt part of team Daisies it was so much fun. They changed into stage clothes and they were now performers.

The Show

Competition Planet Rock The Dead Daisies Leads To BostonHaving seen Dead Daisies perform in the U.K. and loving the new album Make Some Noise, my expectations were high in addition to the over-excitement from spending time with Doug Aldrich, John Corabi, David Lowy, Marco Mendoza and Brian Tichy. They did have a steep hill to climb to reach my expectation let alone exceed it. The Daisies exceeded the performance was full of energy and I was delighted as they won over the dedicated KISS fans through the power of guitars, manic yet controlled drumming of Brian and the exuberant bass lines for plectrum tossing Marco.

For the first part of the show I photographed from the pit, then I could have wandered around taking pictures from various locations. For once though despite the photographic freedom I wanted to sit and concentrate on the music. So I joined Morag in our seats behind the sound desk and watched in awe at the performance. The Dead Daisies just keep getting better and better.

This was a rock performance as they covered every inch of the stage Doug was left, right and centre with John like a whirling dervish in the centre with the microphone and stand held aloft. Marco plays the crowd as he holds his dark green bass aloft and the beating of the drums by Brian as sticks are twirled, sent high in the air and he stands-up to add to the power base of his pulsating drumming.

Competition Planet Rock The Dead Daisies Leads To BostonThe set was ten tracks, over fifty glorious daisy drenched minutes of a musical experience. Into the mix are four covers, though as ever thus is no slavish replication. The Dead Daisies make the songs their own with distinctive riffs, licks and musical interpretation whilst keeping the songs authentic. The Who’s Join Together is an example of how to make a cover yours, and certainly delighted the crowds. There was not a weak song performed, Mexico always gets the blood rushing and the iconic Make Some Noise from the current album certainly got the KISS devotees attention. The Dead Daisies warmed the crowd gaining their support by playing high quality Rock music. It was fresh, lively, and full of interesting twists and turns holding everyone’s attention. I know that Morag and I sat spellbound as we made some noise and screamed our support. There is no doubt having travelled from the UK for the weekend Long Way To Go seemed particularly apt. It was one of the many highlights of the day and yes, it was a long road we travelled to see them in Worcester. It was worth every second and mile of travel time.

The show ended another link in the Daisy chain linking fans together as we delight in the Dead Daisies music across the world. They are back in the UK in November – check them out and Make Some Noise with The Dead Daisies.

Competition Planet Rock The Dead Daisies Leads To Boston

 

We joined the scrum around the signing/meet and greet as people clambered to meet the band. It was organised chaos in the true sense of the word. All five of them calmly signed, chatted and had hundreds of selfies taken. They literally went straight from stage to signing, for the whole interval they signed and smiled. As KISS were about to perform the crowds diminished and we walked downstairs under the stage and back to the dressing room.

 

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We took the once in a lifetime opportunity to see KISS perform. They were awesome, loud, full of stage presence, make-up pyrotechnics and flying. They were the stars of the show for many who flocked to the packed stadium. The reality was the prize on this glittering Saturday for us was The Dead Daisies. We were amazed how often we were stopped by people who assumed we were ‘with the band’ to say how awesome they were all we could do was agree.

The Set List

Competition Planet Rock The Dead Daisies Leads To Boston

 

With that we travelled back to our hotel the excitement undiminished we were living a dream.

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The Rest Of The Weekend

Sunday morning saw the band leave for Portland, Maine for another show. We had the day to explore Boston in the sunshine. It is a lovely city full of history, universities, and architecture. We though were still on a high from the night before. What a wow of a weekend as we returned to the UK on the overnight flight back to the UK.

Competition Planet Rock The Dead Daisies Leads To BostonThank you The Dead Daisies for a wonderful jaw-dropingly great weekend. Thank you Planet Rock for the Competition prize that opened the door into the world of The Dead Daisies. Thank you to Morag from Gigpigwales for being such great company we loved every second of being a groupie and following the band from Boston to Worcester and back again.

Sunburn and Rust combine for Steelhouse Glory


Sunburn and Rust combine for Steelhouse GlorySunburn and Rust combine for Steelhouse Glory

How does Sunburn and Rust combine for Steelhouse Festival Glory? The glory part is easy two days of phenomenal live music on top of a mountain in Wales. The sunburn and rust that is the vagaries of a Welsh summer, Saturday was scorching hot, whilst on Sunday the misty drizzle dampened the ground but not the spirit of rocking fun.

 

Saturday 23rd July 2016 – Hot and Sunny Rocking

Sunburn and Rust combine for Steelhouse GloryOpening a festival is a daunting experience. Bigfoot, a young rock band from Wigan, stepped on the stage and left a lasting impression. This is a band with the potential to go places, full of confidence and good songs they were a hit, still remembered as the festival drew to a close on Sunday. Saturday was warming up throughout the day, with each successive band raising the Sunburn and Rust combine for Steelhouse Glorybar ever higher as the temperature, excitement and fun grew. Next up was Dirty Thrills, they definitely thrilled the crowds with rocked up individuality with a thread of blues as bright as the skies overhead. Full of energy on stage they interact with each other and the crowds, the high jinx’s though never deflects from the deep groove-laden music. A great set they will keep building their reputation as rocked-up contemporary excitement from Dirty Thrills.

Sunburn and Rust combine for Steelhouse GloryCentre stage of any festival is the music from the stage, but to get a true festival vibe it is the added extra. After the steep climb up the mountain on a dusty track you are greeted with a vista that spreads across the horizon it is beautiful. The stage dominates the area. In addition there is a wide seleSunburn and Rust combine for Steelhouse Gloryction of foods and drinks alcoholic and some delicious coffee. Then there was the lovely jewelry made from guitar strings, leather goods, bandanas (the doodle, Othello, in bluesdoodles is delighted with his new red bandana that is his little bit of The Dead Daisies) and the festival and bands merchandise.

The next two bands show different sides of rock, Vega, with a charismatic lead singer who knew how to flaunt the power of the runway stage they got everyone’s attention with the dramatic entrance, and cartoon backdrop. Once their attention was gained the audience warmed to them this is rock that will always, please. Young dudes that are getting deserved attention are Tax The Heat, and in the heat of the afternoon if they were tax collectors they would have pulled in the money. They do not need to be tax collectors the heat is in the rock they deliver from the strong rhythm section through to Alex Veale up front this is a stylish band with depth and delicious slide guitar from JP. The heat will continue to rise for this young band.

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In between the sets the breaks are long enough to catch up with friends, make new acquaintances and deepen the relationship between Steelhouse and festival attendees. This year as the festival develops the campsite area has a new addition, Glamping tents, which proved popular as they were sold out weeks before the festival dates.

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The shadows lengthened and the sun cooled as the last four bands of a wonderful opening day got ready to strut their stuff. First of the international bands from Finland, Von Hertzen Brothers, with a spectacular backdrop telling a story of two Ravens in chains against the red background. New Day Rising their current album cover is certainly a powerful image and the music hit the mark with a prog-rock twist and keys that provided a textured background sound. Mikko the vocalist has wonderful phrasing singing gently then with vigour and at times with a roughened edge. They added another layer of rock strata building the Saturday into a perfect festival memory. Following on Blues Pills kept the Scandinavian feel with Swedish/American/French inspired rock and the first woman, Elin Larsson up front burning up the stage with her stunning vocals at Steelhouse. The quartet mix up the flow with a definite sixties feeling as the lead guitar curls around the music redolent of early Fleetwood Mac, Hendrix, Aretha Franklin creating a sound that is their own Blues Pills mesmerizes with an addictive psychedelic rock.

Sunburn and Rust combine for Steelhouse GloryTo follow this we had The Answer, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the release of their debut album, Rise. Cormac’s distinctive vocals got the set underway as unusually for a festival they played the album in full. The set was full of emotional command reminding you of how good the album was and still is. In this day and age of streaming and random play the set re-asserted the inherent power and flow of hearing the whole album as the artist planned it. There is context story and drama. The audience participation was enthusiastic on Preachin’ Blues this was quality festival entertainment. Now the final live band of the opening day.

Sunburn and Rust combine for Steelhouse Glory

Saturday Headline

The only threat of bad weather today was always going to be from the stage where a storm of Thunder was being counted down by the phalanx of fans up front they wanted to see every moment of the final set as the day darkened into a summer’s night. Yes, the air temperature was dropping high above Ebbw Vale, the festival was heating up a light display, entrance music and then Thunder hit the stage to the chant of Harry! Harry as the drummer took his seat. Danny Bowes lead from the front building the vocals and the crowd’s excitement. Thunder did not disappoint, hitting the music running with a thunderous set that connected with fans and beyond. The audience sang to the words that tripped off the tongue we were partying the night away creating a great atmosphere as the last notes faded away. For those who wanted to party the night was young with the DJ’s setting up for dancing and fun at a festival with no neighbours to upset.

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Sunday 24th July 2016 – Grey, Drizzle and Misty Rocking

Day one, was a success, anticipation was high for day two as Last Great Dreamers started the day’s rock fest. With their take on glam rock, they opened up to a bleary-eyed crowd for me their pop rock got Sunday off to a meandering start and the weakest band so far. Next up were Hand Of Dimes full of Welsh verve and pizazz as both singer and front man Nev MacDonald got the early birds rocking through the drizzle and Sunday morning mist nothing was going to dampen this festival. This is rock music that warms your rocky heart and soul and the first and only harmonica of the festival thanks to Neil Garland the keyboard player and fellow ex. SKIN member. This is a band that understands space between the chords, the timing was superb and layers of sound certainly kick starting the day. Toseland were up next and the first technical gremlins hit the stage crew, quickly dealt with and the live music was back on stage. James Toseland, may have left the adrenalin-fueled world of motorbike racing but he still packs an adrenaline-fueled vocal punch. James has surrounded himself with a band that enhances his vocal prowess playing with energy and excitement. The set was the highlight pf the festival for many and Toseland certainly won new fans after this performance.

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Today, Welsh weather reverted to type, the sun was shrouded in mist, interspersed with drizzle and rain. That did nothing to dampen the festival audience spirits. Steelhouse in its sixth year is growing in size and the reputation is based on the music not the weather.

Sunburn and Rust combine for Steelhouse GloryThe stage was now set for Raveneye, and we were in for some guitar fireworks from Oli Brown. He may have started out his career as a blues guitarist, but this young man certainly knows how to rock and put on a show. Including not missing a note as he is paraded around the stage on the shoulders of bassist Aaron Spiers. Raveneye’s set was animated and the music superb with the vestiges of his blues career a pick on his thumb and a shining sapphire blue guitar.

Sunburn and Rust combine for Steelhouse GloryThere was no doubt that the excitement around the next out was equivalent for a headliner. Who? The Dead Daisies. Why? Their sound is stunning, awesome, they are a live band that excites with superb melodies, and fantastic vocals. The Dead Daises connect to your rocking heart and soul the music flows through your veins full of electric brilliance and spark. This is Rock n’ Roll that makes you want to scream, shout out loud and laugh with pure delight. The latest member is Doug Aldrich who fits into the Daisy gang perfectly. John Corabi, on vocals, fronts this charismatic group and is given the room to develop the lyrics and have fun. We are taken back to the seventies and forward to now as they blend the sounds, whilst delivering their re-takes of classics. The rhythm section powers through the rock with the animated and flamboyant Marco Mendoza on bass and drummer Brian Titchy and rhythm guitarist David Lowy. The festival was on fire with excitement as the set sadly drew to a close many just wanted them to play on as for them The Dead Daisies were the band of the festival.

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The programme moved on with Hey! Hello!, we were in for some noisy pop-rock with Ginger Wildheart, The Rev and two women Ai on drums and new singer up front they were fun and the pop rock contrasted to The Dead Daisies who are never an easy band to follow. Just as everyone had given up on being dry and seeing the sun the crowds rolled away as Terrorvision hit the stage. They have a distinctive lively rock sound with elements of rap, glam and the late eighties tonal context. Terrorvision are definitely the marmite band of the weekend, causing many a debate between the fans and those who just don’t quite get the band. The fans were treated to a set that captured rock they delight in.

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Sunday Headline

Now for the finale, the skies once again darkened the lights shone as The Darkness bought 2016 Steelhouse to a close. The Darkness rewarded the fans for waiting for them to play as the rock-pop theme of the last three acts was maintained. Jason and The Darkness provided an uplifting and rousing finale to the festival.

Sunburn and Rust combine for Steelhouse GloryA big thank you to the organisers Max and Lee and the phalanx of volunteers who kept the bands happy back stage and the whole event organized, the sound crews, and security. Then a special award should go to the mighty Darren Redick from Planet Rock for carrying out the MC role, stopping and talking to many who stop him as he wanders around the festival.

Every band performed at the top of their game, bringing live music energy to the festival. Bluesdoodles standout acts were opening band Bigfoot and Von Hertzen Brothers, both new bands for us. Then we really enjoyed Tax The Heat another young band going places, The Answer, Blues Pills and Raveneye. The top band of the weekend just has to be the effervescent The Dead Daisies.

Sunburn and Rust combined for Steelhouse Glory 2016, for me The Dead Daisies should have been the headliners. But that said what a fantastic two days of rock energy and music high up a mountain via a dirt road. Roll on 2017 when we will be back up the mountain. Make sure you keep the Crepe stall they were perfect.